Re: productive cough after eating?
I have the same problem, and I suspect that it is related to acid reflux. The kinds of foods known to aggrevate reflux seem to cause more coughing and more phlegm. Chocolate, caffiene, and fatty foods (fries) are the worst, but sometimes just drinking alot of water can trigger it. Strangely, I never feel heartburn. I discovered that I have reflux because I visited the doctor for another problem, the loss of my voice. I had been hoarse for many years, and I finally decided to do something about it. The doctor put me on ranitidine and nexium (reflux meds) and I got my voice back within two weeks. Whenever I allow myself to run out of my meds, I lose my voice within a few days. In regard to the cough, I have hunted all over the web, and most of the time reflux causes a dry cough, not a productive cough. My scientific guess is that some people are protected from some of the corrosive effects of reflux because they have an unusual ability to secrete mucus from the lining of the esophagus (everyone secretes it from the lining of the stromach). So while it is annoying and disgusting to those around us, it may actually be protecting us from a worser fate! Let me know if you ever really find out what causes your cough, and if there is any way to make it stop!